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    Ideal Man and Woman in The Tale of Genji

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    The literary masterpiece The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu is a fictional tale that provides clear insight into the sociopolitical court life of the Heian period in Japan. In the tale we are able to see the standards of life that were expected of the aristocrats during the Heian period. The social nature of Heian court life is depicted in the many relationships of the characters through the various stories presented in The Tale of Genji. The relationships in the tale are mainly romantic relationships

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    The role of poetry in narrative prose of the Heian Period (794-1185) has impacted Japan`s culture by the improvement and blossoming of Japanese arts and literature. Japan was greatly influenced by the Chinese during the Heian Period due to imported things from China; example include Buddhism, poetry, art techniques, methods of organizing government, even the plan for the city of Heian-kyô itself.“The Heian period was named after this city, the country really was at peace, and the aristocrats of

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    Preceded by the Nara Period, Heian Japan was the apogee of Japanese aristocratic culture. This period had a well-defined system of hierarchy and order that contributed a large deal of importance to society at that time. Works of poetry and fiction were valued in society. Despite the integration of Chinese influences into Japanese culture, distinct Japanese nativity still managed to bloom in some works of art. Dissecting the dualism of gender, it was widely accepted that women wrote in traditional

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    Poetry of the Heian Period

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    Poetry had a very large role in narrative prose of the Heian period. During the Heian period poetry was a way that people showed their worth or status. Men and women would write poems to one another in order to attract the other and win their love. Poetry was mixed in with prose to add to the stories and display the overwhelming value of poetry in Japanese society. With the shift from poetry to prose, long tales and stories were able to be passed down in Japan helping to shape the Japanese culture

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    Shaping Heian, Japan

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    Shaping Heian, Japan Tenth-century Japan is characterized by images of elegance, beauty, and sophistication. Ritual and ceremony shape nearly every aspect of life during this time. Throughout The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon there are several examples of how everyday lifestyles are shaped through these mediums. Politics, religion, self-image, and interpersonal relationships played important roles in shaping life in Heian society, and a form of either ritual or ceremony influenced each of these assets

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    possessions whose only purpose was to be subservient to men. The view of women as mere objects is evident in various works of literature throughout the ages. Two classic works of literature that exemplify this are The Thousand and One Nights and Murasaki Shikibu’s The Tale of Genji. Despite being set in different eras and within different cultures, The Tale of Genji and The Thousand and One Nights share the common theme of viewing women as mere objects. Women only serve to fulfill the desires and

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    . middle of paper ... ... After he possessed the girl, he raised her according to his thoughts and ideas, hoping that someday she would become the perfect woman he had been searching for. This might sound unfair to the girl because he deprived Murasaki of freedom and autonomy. Nonetheless, to achieve his perfectionism he would do anything, which was selfish but intriguing. To sum up, Genji had many praisable characters based on the ways he treated his lovers, such as braveness and genuineness.

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    Speaking historically, the word “medieval” is usually associated with the middle ages of Europe, where things were thought to be primitive. However, there was a medieval period in Japan as well. Europe and Japan are separated by two countries, so it is not surprising to see that their respective medieval worlds occurred at different times. For Japan a lot of it occurred during its Heian and Kamakura periods, where the power split from the Imperial Court and was shared with the Shogunate. Between

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    initiation ceremonies were held for the crown prince. He was eleven, tall and mature for his age, and the very image of Genji . . . Very pleased with his successor, the emperor in a most gentle and friendly way discussed plans for his own abdication” (Murasaki, p.317). This greatly benefits Genji as this child becomes emperor, and favors Genji even though he does not know their connection. He also has relations with Utsusemi, the wife of the Iyo Deputy, and Yūgao, Tō no Chūjō’s mistress, further perpetuating

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    Role of poetry of the Heian Period

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    The Heian period was perhaps one of the most profound periods in Japanese literature. Many may beg to differ, however, the transformation taken place during this time ultimately, transformed Japanese poetry/literature into the classics it has become today. Although many changes did take place during this time, I feel as if the most important or noteworthy characteristic regarding Heian literature was the transition to a colloquial speech style of writing – what do you mean by colloquial? Style of

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